Are you ready for the end? Even though J.K. Rowling has a "big announcement" on the horizon and Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, is saying that he's sure the author still has a lot to write over the coming years, it seems like it's all ending for the Boy Who Lived and his pals.
Review these tidbits and talking points for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, opening July 15, and just maybe you'll get a little closer to closure:
1. It Ain't No Kiddie Tale, Obviously: The new trailer for Deathly Hallows Part 2 is all fiery, cataclysmic confrontation. As it should be. It was not for nothing that author J.K. Rowling's final (for now?) Potter novel was called "serious."
2. It'll Be Just Like Your Last Family Reunion, Possibly: If your last family reunion included ghostly appearances by your late parents and your dear godfather who was killed in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, then, yes, Deathly Hallows Part 2, which teases those very cameos in the latest trailer, will feel like a total rerun. (But you should still go see the movie anyway. Just to see if director David Yates got it right.)
3. You Won't See It in 3-D, Probably: Right now, the film is selling more advance 2-D tickets than advance 3-D tickets. This, despite Deathly Hallows Part 2 being the first Potter film to be presented entirely in the comin'-at-ya format. Er, better make that the ailing comin'-at-ya format.
4. You'll Be a Little Bleary-Eyed by Opening Night, Potentially: All over the country, if not the world, Potter movie marathons are being planned for the days leading up to Deathly Hallows Part 2's release. In the boy wizard's native London, for one instance, an IMAX theater is going to screen the first seven films in a 20-hour blowout.
5. It's the End of Harry as We Know It, Unless It's Not: In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Daniel Radcliffe says he and, in his estimation, Rowling are done with the saga, but...If, down the road, Rowling should write another Potter novel (what is her Pottermore site about anyway?) and another screenplay should result, then Radcliffe says, "I could feel completely different at that time." And wouldn't that be the best kind of ending? The one that turns into a new beginning?